The Royal Commission held a public hearing in Sydney from Tuesday 7 October 2014 to Friday 17 October 2014.

The hearing examined the responses by Australian Christian Churches (a Pentecostal movement in Australia) and two affiliated churches to allegations of child sexual abuse.

Location

The hearing was held at Level 17, Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney.
 

Findings

Findings from Case Study 18 are now available. View the Report of Case Study No. 18 – The response of the Australian Christian Churches and affiliated Pentecostal churches to allegations of child sexual abuse (PDF 822 KB).

The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:

  1. The response of the Sydney Christian Life Centre and Hills Christian Life Centre (now Hillsong Church) and Assemblies of God in Australia (now Australian Christian Churches) to allegations of child sexual abuse made against William Francis “Frank” Houston.
  2. The response of the Northside Christian College and the Northside Christian Centre (now Encompass Church) in Bundoora, Victoria and Assemblies of God in Australia (now Australian Christian Churches) to allegations of child sexual abuse made against former teacher Kenneth Sandilands.
  3. The response of Australian Christian Churches to allegations of child sexual abuse made against Jonathan Baldwin.
  4. The systems, policies, practices and procedures for the reporting of and responding to allegations of child sexual abuse of:
    a. Australian Christian Churches,
    b. Hillsong Church, and
    c. Northside Christian College and Encompass Church.
  5. Any other related matters.

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